Democrats spent more than $50 million this cycle to ensure that white candidates won the party’s Senate nomination in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of the hopes and dreams of qualified black candidates attempting to bring more diversity to Congress.
White candidates Amy McGrath in Kentucky, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina, and MJ Hegar in Texas received early backing from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which helped them win primary races against qualified black opponents.
McGrath, who has raised $41 million in her pointless bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), narrowly defeated black state lawmaker Charles Booker in June after winning the DSCC’s endorsement in February.
Prominent Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) endorsed McGrath as early as July 2019, when McGrath first announced her candidacy. Warren, a BIPOC politician best known for saying whatever she thinks will make her more popular with wealthy white liberals, flip-flopped on her endorsement by backing Booker days before the primary and weeks after the death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests against racial injustice.